Biography

Blending authentic songwriting with modern indie flare, Braden Lam (he/him) is forging the path to a new 21st century folk. The young artist from Halifax, Canada was named “Nova Scotia’s emerging songwriting sensation” by Grid City Magazine. On his latest EP Strange Paradise, Braden Lam explores a relationship in its entirety, an independent redemption story that takes his lived experience and expands it into a fictional narrative that traces the early blush of infatuation to the hard-won moment of acceptance that it’s over. After multiple singles with Colin Buchanan, on this project Lam has added producers Daniel Ledwell and Joshua Van Tassel, and co-writers Adelle Elwood (aka Keeper E.), Blanche Israël (Jeremy Dutcher), and Jordan Coaker (of Quote the Raven) to the team. While too many cooks can make a record sound disjointed and wandering, here Lam pulls his collaborators into a cohesive album that keeps his lyrical prowess, honey vocals, and catchy melodies as its center, while nudging out toward the margins with lush arrangements and surprising darkness. Much like the record's theme, this approach strikes a unique balance between experimental naivete and the ever-familiar comfort sounds of Canadian folk and rock. He’s been nominated for multiple East Coast Music and Music Nova Scotia Awards, endorsed by RBCxMusic and Harmony Guitars, and has toured around the world including at FOCUS Wales, The Great Escape in England, Germany’s Reeperbahn Festival, in Ireland, Scotland, and across Canada. His music has garnered over 1 million streams to date and has been featured on SiriusXM, numerous editorial playlists, and on radio stations across Canada, the UK, and USA. Braden is a passionate advocate for the environment and ambassador for Music Declares Emergency Canada.

  • "Nova Scotia's emerging songwriting sensation"

    - Grid City Magazine

  • "Crafts an expansive but intimate sonic world for us to lose ourselves in"

    - Earmilk

  • "Calling to mind the happiest takes by Ben Howard or Tim Baker"

    - The Coast Halifax